Jun Ishikawa

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Jun Ishikawa
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Local 石川 淳 (いしかわ じゅん)
Born 1964
Birth Place Chiba, Japan
Nationality Japanese   Japan.svg

Jun Ishikawa started working for HAL Laboratory in 1990, and still continues to work for the company to this day. He joined shortly before Hideki Kanazashi stopped working there, and as a result, the two worked on a couple projects together. However, Hirokazu Ando joined shortly after Jun and the two have worked on a vast amount of projects together ever since, particularly for the Kirby series.

Ishikawa was introduced to HAL Laboratory through an ad. He applied, interviewed, and eventually started working for HAL. Ishikawa's first game was Uchuu Keibitai SDF for the Famicom. He composed one track and worked on the game's sound effects while Hideki Kanazashi composed the rest of the music. After Kanazashi left HAL two weeks later, Ishikawa and Ando became the primary composers for a bulk of HAL's games.

At first, Jun Ishikawa decided he did not want to reveal his face. However, he finally did so when he was interviewed about Kirby's Yarn, and did so again in front of his fans for the Kirby's 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert. He is known for his pop and lighthearted style in his music, and occasionally writes deep and sad melodies. This has gained him popularity in the world of video game music. Another popular trait about his musical style is his 16th-note drum patterns. He also uses the occasional odd time signature (referred to by fans as "Ishikawa-bushi"), something he may have possibly picked up from Kanazashi. Ishikawa is also known for his unique sound, which is caused by things such as using reading glasses with his guitar, punching aluminum cans, and blowing on empty bottles.

Some examples of Ishikawa's work as the music lead include Kirby Super Star, Alcahest, and Hyper Zone.

Audio Development


Ishikawa used Music Maker. He learned to use the program by watching Hideki Kanazashi use the program, as he was the primary composer of Uchuu Keibitai SDF.


Released Title Sample Notes
1990-09-07 Uchuu Keibitai SDF (FC) (宇宙警備隊SDF) With Hideki Kanazashi.
1990-12-26 Adventures of Lolo 3 (NES) (ADVENTURES OF LOLO II) With Hideki Kanazashi.
1990-12-26 New Ghostbusters II (NES) (NEWゴーストバスターズ2)
1991-02-23 HAL's Hole in One Golf (SNES) (ジャンボ尾崎の ホールインワン)
1991-08-31 HyperZone (SNES) (ハイパーゾーン) With Hirokazu Ando.
1992-03-27 Arcana (SNES) (Card Master リムサリアの封印) With Hirokazu Ando.
1992-04-27 Kirby's Dream Land (GB) (星のカービィ)
1993-03-23 Kirby's Adventure (NES) (星のカービィ 夢の泉の物語) With Hirokazu Ando.
1993-12-17 Alcahest (SFC) (アルカエスト)
1996-03-21 Kirby Super Star (SNES) (星のカービィ スーパー デラックス) With Dan Miyakawa.
1997-11-27 Kirby's Dream Land 3 (SNES) (星のカービィ3)
2000-03-24 Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64) (星のカービィ64) With Hirokazu Ando.
2002-10-25 Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (GBA) (星のカービィ 夢の泉デラックス) With Hirokazu Ando, Shogo Sakai, and Tadashi Ikegami.
2003-07-11 Kirby Air Ride (GC) (カービィのエアライド) With Hirokazu Ando, Shogo Sakai, and Tadashi Ikegami.
2005-06-14 Kirby: Canvas Curse (NDS) (タッチ!カービィ) With Tadashi Ikegami.
2006-10-26 Kanshuu Nippon Joushikiryoku Kentei Kyoukai: Imasara Hito ni wa Kikenai Otona no Joushikiryoku Training DS (NDS) (監修 日本常識力検定協会 いまさら人には聞けない 大人の常識力トレーニングDS) With Hirokazu Ando and Tadashi Ikegami.
2006-11-02 Kirby: Squeak Squad (NDS) (星のカービィ 参上!ドロッチェ団) With Hirokazu Ando, Shogo Sakai, and Tadashi Ikegami.
2008-03-06 Minna no Joushiki Ryoku TV (WII) (みんなの常識力テレビ) With Hirokazu Ando and Tadashi Ikegami.
2008-09-22 Kirby Super Star Ultra (NDS) (星のカービィ ウルトラスーパーデラックス) With Hirokazu Ando.
2009-03-12 Picross 3D (NDS) (立体ピクロス) With Yasumasa Yamada and Hirokazu Ando.
2010-10-14 Kirby's Epic Yarn (WII) (毛糸のカービィ) With Tomoya Tomita, Hirokazu Ando, and Tadashi Ikegami.
2011-10-24 Kirby's Return to Dream Land (WII) (星のカービィWii) With Hirokazu Ando.
2014-01-11 Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS) (星のカービィ トリプルデラックス) With Hirokazu Ando.
2015-01-14 BoxBoy! (3DS) (ハコボーイ) With Hirokazu Ando.
2016-01-06 BoxBoxBoy! (3DS) (ハコボーイ! もうひとハコ) With Hirokazu Ando.
2016-04-28 Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS) (星のカービィ ロボボプラネット) With Hirokazu Ando.
2017-02-22 Bye-Bye BoxBoy! (3DS) (さよなら! ハコボーイ!) Lead sound with Hirokazu Ando (sound support).
2017-04-23 Team Kirby Clash Deluxe (3DS) (みんなで!カービィハンターズZ) With Hirokazu Ando.
2017-07-04 Kirby's Blowout Blast (3DS) (カービィのすいこみ大作戦) With Hirokazu Ando.
2018-03-16 Kirby Star Allies (NS) (星のカービィ スターアライズ) With Hirokazu Ando and Yuuta Ogasawara.
2019-04-26 BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! (NS) (ハコボーイ!&ハコガール!) With Hirokazu Ando and Yuuta Ogasawara.

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